SOG’s & Labour Link

What are Self-Organised Groups?

UNISON makes sure everybody has a voice in the union. Our ‘self-organised groups’ include those who are traditionally under represented, while young and retired members also come together to work on key issues affecting them.

Disabled Members
Disabled people experience discrimination at work. UNISON challenges discriminatory actions and campaigns for a fair deal for disabled members.

Women
UNISON has almost one million women members – more than two thirds of our union. Women still earn a lot less than men and face sex discrimination and harassment at work. Our members also juggle work and home commitments. This is why UNISON takes a lead on negotiating and campaigning on women’s rights at work and in the community.

Black Members
Black members in UNISON play a key role in winning equality in the workplace, actively challenge racism wherever it is found, and are at the forefront of UNISON’s organising work. As black members in UNISON we work together to win positive change in the workplace. The more of us that are actively involved the stronger we become.

LGBT members
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are still denied equality in the workplace – too often we face discrimination and harassment instead of a fair deal. Joining UNISON gives you a voice in Britain’s biggest union, which is committed to working for LGBT rights.

Learn more by visiting the Yorkshire & Humberside region website – http://www.unison-yorks.org.uk/sogs.html 

Labour Link

UNISON members have a very direct way of getting their message across to politicians – through political lobbying. When you join UNISON you are given the opportunity to opt in to what we call the UNISON Labour Link (formerly known as the Affiliated Political Fund or APF). Your contributions to this fund help to facilitate our lobbying within the Labour Party.

Meanwhile our General Political Fund supports local and national campaigns and is not affiliated to any political party.

How can I get involved?

It’s vital to strengthen connections between your local Labour party and your UNISON branch. UNISON Labour Link members in the branch can affiliate to the local Labour party and send representatives and motions to party meetings to win support for UNISON’s aims.

They can also elect a branch UNISON Labour Link officer who can act as the key point of contact to ensure that UNISON members remain informed. UNISON branches with Labour Link members can affiliate via their region to the appropriate Constituency Labour Party or District Labour Party.  If you want to know more or get involved contact the branch.